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1897 Biography - John Dowding

Dowding, John, was born in England, in 1847. He came with his parents, Thomas and Mary Dowding, to America in 1850, locating first in Ontario county, where they remained some time and his father worked on the Erie Canal, after which he engaged in farming, renting for a time and after getting a fair start bought a farm in Newfane, on which he lived until his death in 1883. His wife did her share toward paying for the home and when her husband died she lived with her son John, who took care of her until her death in 1893. John Dowding was first married to Densie E. Corwin in 1872, and they had two daughters: Matie E., born in September, 1873, and married Burton Bixler of Newfane; S. Libbie, born in September, 1874, married Joseph R. Flagler of Newfane. Mrs. Dowding died January 1, 1878, and in 1879 Mr. Dowding married Rettie C. Barber, and they had three children: A son who died in infancy; Addie F., born October 19, 1881; and Clara B., born December 4, 1883. Mrs Dowding died December 25, 1894, and Mr. Dowding and two daughters have since been alone, the daughters keeping house and attending school. In the spring of 1887 Mr. Dowding was elected commissioner of highways in the town of Newfane, overcoming a good majority of the opposite party. He is an industrious and successful farmer.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897


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